The careers of horses auctioned as foals at the Prinsjesdag Foal Auction are thriving. Maikel van der Vleuten, for example, recently took over the reins of the KWPN approved stallion Edinburgh and Gaesbekers Glamour Girl is now added to the string of top rider Janika Sprunger. Several references have achieved great success in recent weeks, as Gaudi Vita (s.Apache) made a successful Grand Prix dressage debut.
In mid-November Gaesbekers Glamour Girl (Zirocco Blue VDL x Caletto I, bred by Mieke Zoetelief) won the 1.55m Grand Prix of CSI3* Opglabbeek under Richard Howley and two weeks later the mare moved to Janika Sprunger. The successful Glamour Girl will continue her career under this top rider. In 2011 she was part of the collection of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag. The KWPN approved stallion Edinburgh (Vleut x Darco, breeders Evert Meijer and Gerard Lindeboom), which was auctioned two years earlier, has also undergone a promising rider change. After years of winning prizes with Kristian Houwen up to international 1.50m level, the stallion gets now all the chances at Maikel van der Vleuten.
E’Special PS (Berlin x Caruso, bred by Peter Simons) achieved two international victories in November with Karl Cook. At the CSI3* Thermal they started the month well with a striking victory in the 1.50m class, followed by a fourth prize in the 1.45m speed class. Then they claimed another victory in the 1.40m class at the national competition in Las Vegas. Under Monika Niederländer, the eight-year-old Goodlord Carthago RV (Mylord Carthago x Cash, breeder Stoeterij Renken from Vriescheloo) jumped clear at CSI2* Kreuth and ended up on the fourth place in the 1.40m speed class. In the 1.45m class at CSI4* Jumping Indoor Maastricht, the Bustique son Feeling Luckey (ds.Krunch de Brêve) performed well under Karim El Zoghby by finishing clear in the fourth place.
In the last month of 2019, Joyce Heuitink made a successful Grand Prix debut with her top horse Gaudi Vita (Apache x Welt Hit II, breeder Heleen Broos from Annen). At the Subtop competition in Exloo, they made a convincing winning Grand Prix debut! They scored a wonderful percentage of 71.4 and still have a lot of room for improvement.